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Tony Capria began his law enforcement career as a police officer in the Syracuse Police Department (New York).  After working in 6 months in patrol, he was assigned as an investigator in the police department's organized crime unit. Tony Capria left law enforcement for a few years to pursue business interests but return in 1976 as a corrections officer at the Jamesville Penitentiary (New York).


Tony Capria moved to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department where he took a position as a deputy sheriff in the jail.  He was promoted to sergeant and responsible to supervise a shift of a dozen deputies with custody responsibility for over 200 inmates. Tony Capria left the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department after an on-duty injury. Tony Capria is the author of Betrayal.


Tony Capria said of his book Betrayal, it “is a book about my search for justice as a former-prison guard in upstate New York. Once I thought I had it all -- a wife, who was the daughter of the Commissioner of Correction, two kids, a part-time job as a security guard, and the support of members of the prison guard's union when I fought to improve their conditions. But I angered a captain with my efforts to help the guards. When I was injured by a prisoner in a battle over a blanket, the captain turned that incident into a vendetta to bring me down, and I almost lost everything. Eventually, my struggle turned into a lawsuit as I fought to overcome my injury and rebuild my life.”

About the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office

Onondaga County was formed on March 5th, 1794, becoming the 21st county is New York State.  The County Sheriff's Office was also formed on March 5th. The Sheriff was an appointed post, appointed by the Governor, and an oath of office was required. Terms of office were limited to a single four-year term; they could not hold office for a consecutive term. Sheriffs were paid by a fee system for services rendered - serving civil process, transporting prisoners, and making arrests.


Today, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office is a modern law enforcement agency providing law enforcement and custody services.  The agency employs more than 650 personnel in a variety of assignments.  As an example, during 2006, deputy sheriffs from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Section responded to more than 72,000 calls for service.  In addition to answer calls for service, the Patrol Section has a Bike Patrol Team, Community Relations/DARE Unit, School Resource Officers and Youth Officers.


The Major Crimes Section of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office is organized into the Felony Crimes Unit; Fire Investigation Unit; Intelligence Unit; Special Investigations Unit; Truth Verification Unit; and, Warrants Investigation Unit. The Truth Verification Unit “consists of three polygraphists who provide assistance in criminal investigations along with the pre-employment screening process. The polygraphists are deputies that have completed certified training in the field of polygraph examination and truth verification.”


The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office custody responsibilities are handled by is Security and Operations Division, Support Services Division and Research and Development Division.  Primary custody responsibilities are maintained in the operation division’s four sections: Booking, control, housing and transport.




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